Features April 2014 Issue

Mind Over Matter: How Your Brain Controls Your Response to Pain

In the quest for pain relief, one of the most beneficial tools is within you.

What if you had the power to “turn down” the pain arthritis causes? While the route to gaining this control may seem accessible only through medication or medical intervention, the truth is your mind offers the most persuasive path to overcoming pain. Just as the entourage in the “Wizard of Oz” discovered that what they most sought after was within them the entire time, so too are the tools to overcoming chronic pain, according to Judith Scheman, PhD, Program Director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program and Director of Psychology in the Neurological Center for Pain at Cleveland Clinic.

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